April 24th 1999 Executive Committee Minutes
Chair Don Stierle presiding; members present: Don Stierle, Doug Cameron, treasurer; Andrea Stierle, secretary; Mark Cracolice, chair-elect; Doug Coe, councilor; Cyd McClure, alternate councilor, Ed Anacker and Gary Freebury
Don Stierle opened the meeting at 3:10 PM as part of the agenda for the Spring Meeting-in Miniature.
Treasurer's report: Doug Cameron reported – the finances are still in excellent condition – (see specific treasurer's report for details). At this point we have $12,246.15 in our checking account, $10,028 in a money market and $3700 in a CD which matures at the end of April. We decided to put more money in the CD. Our money comes primarily from our annual allotment from the National ACS office, which is only given to a section that completes and mails in their annual reports, and from local section membership dues, which are used only for educational purposes – Science Fair prizes, Chemistry Olympiad prizes, etc.
SPECIFIC DISCUSSION ITEMS
A. SPRING MEETING IN MINIATURE and STUDENT AWARDS
Today's meeting-in-miniature was a success, with many excellent presentations by faculty and students alike, as well as a keynote address by Don Kiely, UM faculty member and the Director of the Shafizadeh Rocky Mountain Center for Wood and Carbohydrate Chemistry. We selected the best student presentations from the meeting, with $500 prize awards to be used to attend a national or regional meeting within the next calendar year. The speakers were divided into two groups, and the best graduate student and undergraduate students presentations were chosen by consensus of the Board members. Montana State University Chemistry students collected full honors, with graduate student awards given to Dan Walker and Jianming Zhang and an undergraduate student award to Jamie Smith. Congratulations to all of these outstanding students, and to all of the other students who participated in the meeting.
B. FALL SOCIAL
Andrea will again organize this event, which is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, October 23rd at Chico Hot Springs. The date is the only open date left in October for Chico. The general consensus supports this choice, and unless someone comes up with a major conflict, Andrea will begin planning the event. She looked into the possibility of a "Murder Weekend" at Chico Hot Springs, but the cost approached $600 just for a three hour "murder". Cyd suggested having Joe Sears give a talk instead, and agreed to contact him and to make arrangements for him to be there. (Note: Joe has agreed to be the speaker). There will again be a student poster session, but NO PRIZE MONEY WILL BE GIVEN. However, students presenting posters will be provided with free lodging Saturday night.
C. NATIONAL CHEMISTRY WEEK
Once again, Andrea gave an empassioned plea for support from the other Universities/Colleges for National Chemistry Week participation. The Stierles and other chemists have been doing Magic Shows every year, among other activities. For the past several years, Montana Tech has had an active Chem Club that participates in some of these demos. This year, the Montana Tech Chem Club, under the direction of David Hobbs, has been particularly active. Approximately 25 students are dynamically involved in developing and performing Chemistry Magic Shows. To date, the students have used every school holiday (Election Day in November and Presidents' Day in February) to visit schools and perform 1 hour programs. This National Chemistry Week they will be hosting an open house in the new Chemistry/ Biology Building with lots of demonstrations and events, open to the public. If any other group - University, Chem Club, etc, has something planned, please let Andrea know.
D. CHEMISTRY OLYMPIAD
Gary Freebury indicated participation in the Chemistry Olympiad is down.
E. CRYSTAL GROWING CONTEST
Doug Coe has volunteered to organize this event that was inspired by a generous offer from Chemist Ken Emerson. Ken offered to sponsor the contest and to provide prize money of $85 for the best crystal. Coe will administer the contest and has prepared a flier describing the contest (see the link to the Crystal Growing Contest on the ACS WEB site).
F. NORM – NORTHWEST ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING JUNE 20-23
Cyd McClure will attend the meeting in Portland this June to determine whether or not Butte is large enough to support a NORM Mtg and to bid on one of the upcoming available years, possibly 2003.
Two awards were presented at Montana State University to two members of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Congratulations to both of you.